Back in 2011, I was given the chance to be part of the “behind the scenes” of the making of a music video. It’s not really my speciality when it comes to my field, but why not right? Given the chance, might as well take it and learn from it. Fortunately, I took it and I was given the chance to see and learn how a production works when it comes to video making specifically with music videos. And, I was able to meet artists who I never saw before, and one of them I knew since back when I was a little kid.
All these happened back when I was doing a 6 month program with photography.
When you go see a movie, a music video, or anything of the like, you won’t really think of how they made it look like that, how long it took them, etc. Unless you’re a very technical person. But when I got there, it amazed me because the set was really small and it took a big team to make just one music video. I’m not sure how long it took them that day to shoot, but most likely it took them the whole day and maybe add a couple more days to finish the whole shooting. Then you add a couple more days or weeks I guess to post process everything. Then if you need some reshoots, there’s a couple more days you need to work.
But I guess, if you really love what you’re doing, these won’t matter. Looking at these people, they work everyday. They don’t get that much sleep, and the thing you’ll see them with is a happy face. Even if they’re tired because of not having enough sleep, you can see that they’re still having fun.
One thing that I regret though, is not getting any photos from these guys. I know I’m not really a big fan of them, but still it’s an opportunity that was given to me and I didn’t take it.
Seeing this guy though, who I knew back when I was still a little kid, because he was part of a famous boy band. For sure, you know this guy: Howie Dorough from the Backstreet Boys.
The rest of the artists there, I never knew they were those people. I always hear some of their songs on the radio, or people playing them, but I never had an idea until after we left that they are those guys. The band called Neverest, a Canadian band. You can check more about them on their official website.
The time we were given that day to watch and observe actually helped me. I didn’t only learn about how a production for video making works, but actually I was able use this to improve with my photography. It helped me looked at my work differently, and taught me that I should be more confident with my work. Also another thing that I learned is working with different people. With this kind of work, you’ll get to work with different people with different backgrounds, personalities, etc. With this kind of environment, you’ll get to help yourself improve with your communication skills by socializing, and of course improve your thinking skills – coming up with ideas on how to make a set look better. Also of course, the greatest thing with this kind of work is once it’s out there, and you know a lot of people appreciate your work, it’s a big achievement in your part. If some people don’t like it, it’s not a bad thing, but a learning experience. Learn from there and improve.
One of my favorite shots from that day is this one. I couldn’t see it that clearly on camera after I took it, but when I uploaded it on my laptop, it looked really nice and I was actually happy with how I got it.
All in all, I really liked that I was given the chance to go there and observe, and learn a lot. I’m not sure if I’ll be going in to music video making, but if given the chance, why not right?
Here are some of the other photos I took that day. For the official music video, you can check it out here.